Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
(The Advent: Faces within the Christmas Story.)
Isaiah 53:7-9 (NIV)
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7 (MSG)
He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence.
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself]; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” -AMPLIFIED
This Child that was born over 2,000 years ago was prophesied to be like a lamb led to the slaughter, silent before His sheers, 700 years before it had actually happened. Ironic that He would hold this title; since it was the lamb that was the price for sin since the incident in the Garden of Eden and throughout Jewish history. The Lamb is symbolically woven in the tapestry of the Bible throughout its pages. Some scholars believe that every book in the Bible makes reference to the Lamb.
The first reference that we find citing the sacrifice of a lamb was that with Cain and Abel. (Though there is reference made of God Himself taking animal skins to clothe Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21; it is not stated that they were lamb skins.) These two boys of Adam and Eve came with offerings to God. Cain brought the first-fruits of his crop and Abel brought from the best of the firstborn of his lambs. God was pleased with Abel’s gift, but not so much so with Cain’s. “By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.” -Hebrews 11:4 (MSG)
We are reminded through Scripture that it would be God Himself who would provide the Lamb. Case in point: when God told Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac. We find that God provided the substitute; a perfect picture Of what Jesus would do for us. “Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.” -Genesis 22:6-8 (NIV) Take note of Abraham’s response to Isaac,
“God Himself will provide the lamb!” What a prophetic word! Exactly what God’s plan had been from the very beginning!
Next we must look quickly at the Passover lamb; which is a foreshadowing of the coming Lamb of God. The Passover lamb was to be slain and its blood applied to the doorposts of the home as a sign to the Angel of Death that this household was a follower of the One, True God and they were to be passed over. (You can read more about the first Passover in Exodus 12.) “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” -Exodus 12:12-13 (NIV)
As was previously stated, the story of the Lamb weaves in and out throughout Scripture. Every story, genealogy, song and detail points to the Lamb, who was to be our Savior. We will continue with this analysis tomorrow. Today, take time to think about and consider The Lamb and how He has touched your life.
Lamb of God, you are the One who has made relationship with God the Father possible. Thank you! Thank you for your willingness to become to Earth to be my sacrifice and pay the price that I could never pay. Thank you for your Story that is very evident throughout the pages of your Word. I find such comfort and peace in reading what you have done for me. Your love is so obvious in the pages of your Word. Lamb of God, thank you for all you are and all you have done for me.